Confederate games

July 1st, 2015

I thought about Jim Webb a week back, as Republican after Republican presidential candidate were forced to contend with the issue of the Confederate flag in the wake of the black church shooting…

… my sympathies to the candidates whose answer is “it won’t be an issue a president is grappling with”… even as at the strictest narrowest level the answer is… er… the state of South Carolina ought remove it as an official emblem hanging over the capitol…

In sum of his latest presidential hustlings from Reason magazine’s blog… that ends with the answer to the question

Oh, he didn’t vanish entirely. Last month BuzzFeed spotted him at the annual Scottish Games in South Carolina, where he gave the haggis-and-kilt crowd what was “arguably the briefest stump speech in presidential history—a six-minute-and-five-seconds contemplation of the role of the Scotch-Irish in American history.” Last week he published a piece of fiction in Politico called “To Kill a Man,” which may be a first in presidential politics. And after the other Democratic candidates reacted to the Charleston church massacre with full-throated condemnations of the Confederate battle flag, Webb released a more subdued statement asking us to “remember that honorable Americans fought on both sides in the Civil War.”

He’s a few days from offering up a running or not.

And what’s interesting here is that Jim Webb, should he throw his hat in the ring (a ring that, quite bluntly, is going to end up going to Hillary Clinton with nary much problem) …

… would be the contradictory opinion to an iron-clad view against the Confederate flag.  Whether this dissent from a Democratic candidate is anything any Republican candidate would want to proffer in their defense of an issue they’d just as soon have go away (and I suppose will more or less), well…

six to three

June 26th, 2015

“We should start calling this law SCOTUScare” — says Antonin Scalia.

Burn, I’d think.  But… if he wants to personalize it in the way that the reference to “Obamacare” personalizes the law… shouldn’t he call it… Robertscare?

The 2016 Presidential field

June 21st, 2015

The National Review offers a take-down on Donald Trump.  Whose political campaign will appeal to… the entertainable masses, I suppose.

“But he speaks his mind!” shout the Trumpkins. Indeed, he does, in a practically stream-of-consciousness fashion: His announcement speech was like Finnegans Wake as reimagined by an unlettered person with a short attention span. The value of speaking one’s mind depends heavily on the mind in question, and Trump’s is second-rate.
That is more interesting than just about everyone’s announcment speech this side of Lincoln Chafee.  It is worth noting that while some compare his speech to James Joyce, others compare it (or at least a couple lines in it) to… Adolf Hitler.
Ben Carson apparently leads in the polls  (or at least one poll).  This may be credited to two things: one — fallout from South Carolina, and two — there’s more than a dozen candidates and he’s at 11 percent.
In more relevant policy news… he dips and darts at the Deptartment [sic] of Education and offers this conservative position
Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson says that part of his plan for education would be to have the Department of Education monitor colleges and universities for “political bias” and withhold funding from them if it exists.
“I think the Department of Education should monitor institutions of higher education for political bias and withhold federal funding if it exists,” Carson told Las Vegas radio host Heidi Harris on Thursday.
Never go wrong charging against Marxist Professors.
News from the Carly Fiorina campaign.
In response to a reprimand from the Federal Election Commission, “Carly for America,” a super PAC launched in February to support the presidential candidacy of Carly Fiorina, has changed its name to “CARLY for America.” The organization had fallen on the wrong side of a federal regulation prohibiting super PACs from using a candidate’s name and opted to, uh, fix the problem by replacing Fiorina’s first name with an acronym that also happens to be Fiorina’s first name.
It’s the nature of these things.
I’m a tad puzzled by Lindsey Graham’s framing for his speech.
There can be no doubt that the shooting on Wednesday night was racially motivated and signals to all of us that the scars of our history are still with us today,” Graham, R-S.C., said in a statement Saturday. “Throughout our country, we still have much to do in the name of equality. I want to talk about those issues on the campaign trail.

Anyone doubting that, short of “the Internets“.

“Go back and look at the covers of Time and Newsweek from the early ’70s. And we were told that if we didn’t do something by 1980, we’d be popsicles. Now we’re told that we’re all burning up. Science is not as settled on that as it is on some things.”

Rick Santorum uses the word “Terrorism“, and dodges the Confederate flag issue (in terms of his personal opinion) as everyone shoves it on over to “State’s Rights”…  — say, Bobby Jindal.
Aw”? for George Pataki or… “huh?”
Scott Walker tries to score points off of British Prime Minister Cameron, who it should be noted just won with the help of one Obama campaign operator.
Jeb Bush versus Marco Rubio
…………….
Lincoln Chafee thinks that Rachel Carson ought be on the 10 dollar bill.
Neil Young granted Bernie Sanders permission to use the song he disavowed when Donald Trump used.

race hating nightmare

June 19th, 2015

We started this week with what’s in effect a joke of a story: the White head of the NAACP in Spokane.  For some reason I’m thinking of the “White Rastafarians” in the movie “10 Things I Hate About You”… (a silly but entertaining movie) — though, there’s any number of things you can jump to to fill in the joke…

Mid-way through the week we have a tragedy in South Carolina.  A 21 year old White Supremacist (why not call it terrorism?) — or some dolt kid susceptible to some messages of hate — killed a slew of people in a black church.

The one random thought I have is… the guy really really really would hate the NAACP head in Spokane.

The Bilderberg Query

June 16th, 2015

It appears the liberal media has been tapping up Rand Paul’s old time associations with Alex Jones and that ilk.

Alex Jones, worth noting, is so mainstream that

Jones was invited by ABC News to appear on This Week this past Sunday to discuss Jade Helm; he never showed. He accused the new organization of dirty tricks, like slow car service, that torpedoed his appearance, a claim the ABC News said is patently false. In fact, Mediate  reported that the car for Jones was outside his apartment an hour ahead of schedule–Jones did not answer their phone calls or knock on his door by building security.

One cause they never fail to mention — the Media Matters, the Rachel Maddows, and the so forths, on this part of Rand Paul’s career is the fight against the Bilderbergers.  Put in his mouth here…

In the 2010 taped interview, Paul goes on to describe how the Bilderberg Group “is made up of wealthy people, I think, who manipulate and use government to their own personal advantage. They want to make it out like world government will be good for humanity. But guess what? World government is good for their pocketbook.”

So it comes as a bit of amusement that we see …

A bit less surprising, considering the source… Webster Tarpley…

Will libertine #PeterThiel convince #Bilderberger group mtg to back #RandPaul for US presidency as best available means for wrecking the US?

We await to see if this line of questioning sways the John Birch Society, or if maybe it’s not necessarily hypocritical to attack those that attack Rand Paul on the Bilderberg matter while fingering the Bilderbergs as enshrining Rand Paul as something of a double agent.

oligarchs’ commentary

June 13th, 2015

I don’t understand this Thanksgiving comment.

Yes, voters are dumb, corruptible, gullible and selfish, and many candidates are immoral and opportunistic. It is possible to fool most of the people for much of the time. And it is true that the world’s most pressing problems cannot be solved by unaided democracy, because turkeys do not vote for Thanksgiving.

I understand it as the concept that… oh, people will vote for ice cream and won’t vote for broccoli.  … they’ll vote for what they want; not what they need… fair enough and true enough.

But this seems to have the air of the Oligarchy telling turkeys that they need Thanksgiving, which… they don’t.  Maybe the Oligarchs need Thanksgiving, and need turkeys to vote for it, but the turkeys should be voting against it.

Well.  That’s the Wall Street Journal for you… even when taking the sensible editorial policy that China’s government is not one to emulate they botch it and highlight the problem with our governance, or the governance they advocate.

 

the democratic field

June 11th, 2015

Well la de freaking da.  The Burlington “alt weeky” has compiled the Bernie Sanders material for all to see — and they’re worth a read to see the route taken by one of the more interesting politicians in this country –

And now as they follow the presidential campaign … and to Brooklyn to discover such great tidbits from the old neighborhood.

His eyebrows lifted when a reporter informed him that a candidate for president of the United States used to live in the building. Lopez said he’s never heard of Bernie Sanders, who declined to be interviewed for this story.

And we await to see if Martin O’Malley gets similar treatment in Baltimore.

Lincoln Chafee’s not getting the hometown attention, and has to suffice with fact-checking up on his metric claims.

In 1982, Reagan defunded and abolished the U.S. Metric Board, which was supposed to spearhead conversion. That signaled the beginning of the end for metric conversion, even though Reagan six years later signed an omnibus law that, tucked deep inside, contained a measure stipulating the metric system “be used, to the extent economically feasible, in Federal agency’s’ procurements, grants, and other business-related activities.”

Reagan did talk about it, though.

Worth noting… maybe?  The Democratic field consists of… three ex-Republicans and one ex- sort of still Socialist … and that one always Democrat.  What’s it mean?  Maybe not much.

running down the presidential hopefuls

June 9th, 2015

So.  What’s the big headlines with all these presidential candidates running?

Ben Carson keeps checking his watch.  4 times during an 8 minute speech.  This, if you remember, undid George Herbert Walker Bush.  We’ll see what it does for Ben Carson.

Ted Cruz told a bad joke about Joseph Biden and his dead son.  He will likely never tell jokes about dead sons of politicians ever again.

Jeb Bush is in Europe.  Because Europe loves that family!  We’re also getting that familiar “fictional bad guy” more popular than “politico” — a rubric I never understand because… ask the question about a fictional bad guy and I’m always thinking of how s/he sticks up in the fictional universe and … oh, works dramatically.

The transgendered vote will never go for Mike Huckabee.  (As these things go, and call me insensitive, but… ‘meh’.)  The Duggars will vote for him, I suppose.

Carly Fiorna attacks the Porn-watching Federal Employees… as sited by a … small number of examples, and I suppose the NSA example that liberals were want to huff about when the last guy was in power and forget when this guy is in power.

Rand Paul or Bernie Sanders?  You’ll have plenty of time to decide.  Or not get that decision.

Lindsey Graham solves the “Who’s First Lady” question.